Historic Preservation

General And Specific

If you want the issues involved in engineering work for historic buildings explained clearly and succinctly, I strongly suggest watching Margaret Cooke‘s lecture from earlier this week, delivered as she received the Milne Medal from the IABSE British Group. I had the pleasure of meeting her not quite three years ago, and our discussion then …

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The Flip Side Of Urban Renewal

It seems like every time I search for pictures on the New York Public Library these days, I’m turning up one of Berenice Abbott’s shots for the Federal Art Project. They’re beautiful and they’re public domain, so they appeal to me twice over for blog posts. This 1935 shot titled “Reade Street, between West and …

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Good Talk, Good Speaker, Good Venue, Good Project

Mary Jablonski of Jablonski Building Conservation, a professional with whom we have a long and happy relationship, is giving a talk next week on the restoration work at the Coignet Building in Brooklyn. Mary was a key to the success of the project, as was Shaquana. I expect it to be a talk full of, …

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Sure, a landmark-district designation will allow ordinary buildings to survive in unexpected places, but they had to have survived long enough to make it to designation. The picture above is the west side of Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets, as seen in January from the north end of Union Square, designated as part of …

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The Structure of Skyscrapers in Architect Magazine

Karrie Jacobs recently interviewed me about The Structure of Skyscrapers and her piece, “The Forgotten History of our First Skyscrapers,” is up at the magazine’s website. It’s a Q&A with Karrie’s commentary. I’m not certain, but I believe she edited my responses a bit to make me sound more coherent than usual. The picture above …

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